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Karl Morris Sharp, 83, recently of Centerville, Indiana, passed away on March 4, 2013 after breaking his hip in a fall last week. Born on March 20, 1929, in Indianapolis, he spent most of his childhood in Plainfield, Illinois. Later, his family moved to Muncie, where in 1946 he graduated from Muncie Burris High School. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1951, played the flute in the Purdue marching band, and developed life-long friendships with his fellow residents at the Rochdale House. After graduation, he was hired by Perfect Circle, later to be merged with Dana Corporation, where he worked for 41 years as an engineer/sales representative, retiring as National Sales Manager in 1989. Karl was civic minded and participated in numerous activities. He was a man of strong faith and active in Central United Methodist Church in Richmond.
Karl is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marjorie Ann Peters Sharp; three married children, Terry Sharp (Beth) of Plantation, Florida, Gail Sharp (Dorothy) of Boyertown, Pennsylvania, Karen Pipes (Greg) of Centerville; five grandchildren, Adrienne Zarn (Michael), Erin Williams (Hugh), Peter Sharp (Anuta), Karl Maurer and Nicholas Maurer; five great-grandchildren, Linda, Christopher, Althea, Hunter and Ksusha.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Central United Methodist Church 1425 East Main Street, Richmond. Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, March 8, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Central United Methodist Church, to Richmond Civic Theatre (1003 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374), or to United Way of Whitewater Valley (129 South 9th St., Richmond, IN 47374). Arrangements are being handled by Riggle - Waltermann Mortuary.
Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 7, 2013